OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR FRANZ 30 VALVE FILLER

 

Manufactured by:

H. H. Franz Co. 3201 Falls Cliff Rd.

Baltimore, MD  21211

301-889-2975

 

OPERATING PRECAUTIONS:

 

  1. KEEP HANDS AND BODY AWAY FROM MACHINE WHEN IT IS RUNNING.
  2. Select proper starwheels and A-bracket, if there is more than one.  Make sure that correct side is up, and that it fits securely on pins.

      3.  Loosen filler clamp key before elevating or lowering bowl.  For proper bowl setting, allow 3/16 to 1/4" between valve tip and top of minimum height bottle when bottom of bottle is level with table surface. Tighten filler clamp key before operating filler.

4.  Hose down spills immediately.  DO NOT REACH INTO MACHINE

FOR FALLEN BOTTLE.  SHUT OFF MACHINE, OR LEAVE BOTTLE, BUT DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SNATCH IT OUT.

5.  Do not lay tools or other material on filler.

6.  Correct any unusual mechanical conditions such as:

a.  Filler key does not tighten.

b.  Bottle infeed gates fail to function properly.

c.  Filler drifts after pressing STOP switch.

 

7.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CORRECT ANY PROBLEM WHEN THE MACHINE

IS RUNNING.

 

8.  KEEP HANDS AWAY FROM MOVING EQUIPMENT.

 

9.  DO NOT WEAR LOOSE CLOTHING AROUND MOVING MACHINERY.

 

 

GENERAL PROCEDURE FOR OPERATION

 

1.  a.  (Check lubrication.) 

             b.  (Sanitize fluid contact parts.) 

2.  Install bottle equipment. 

3.  Adjust drip guards so condensate flows inside filling station. 

4.  Check capping station.

5.  Raise or lower bowl to proper position.

6.  Check timing at slow speed. 

7.  Open product inlet valve.

8.  Proceed with operation when tank is full.

9.  Adjust to desired speed.

10.  Clean equipment at end of run.

 

  

TIMING THE FILLER

 

When timing the filler, operate it carefully by jogging, without bottle, until a valve reaches the exact center between filler bowl and starwheel.

 

The infeed starwheel must be adjusted to insure that the bottles being run will be centered under the filling valves. The adjustment is made as follows:

 

1.  Install correct starwheels and A-bracket, right side up.

2.  With the special wrench supplied, loosen the hex nut holding the infeed starwheel to the shaft.

3.  Place a bottle in the infeed starwheel pocket.  Set the starwheel to center the bottle with the valve. Retighten the nut.

4.  Place one bottle in a starwheel pocket and try a run with one bottle at reduced speed.

5.  As the bottle approaches the outfeed starwheel, stop the filler, loosen the outfeed starwheel nut and adjust the starwheel to align with the bottle.

6.  Jog the machine to check alignment. Run the conveyor and place a few bottles on the infeed.

 

7.  Jog the filler a few times and then run it slowly, checking all adjustments and conditions.

 

 

 The Franz Filler, like all mechanical equipment requires regular cleaning and maintenance.

 

LUBRICATION (CAUTION--never lubricate machine while it is running.)

 

Types of lubricants:

Grease--any stand brand in grease gun

600W--Gear oil or equivalent

 

 

 

 

                    WEEKLY

 

Filler column bearing fitting

Filler elevating top bearing fitting

Filler lift guides

Filler column sleeve fitting

Infeed column fitting

Outfeed column fitting

Base fittings

 

 

 

   Grease

   Grease

   Grease—brush on

   Grease

   Grease

   Grease

   Grease

 

 

MONTHLY

 

Chain idler fitting

Roller chains (tighten if necessary) Gear reducer

 

 

Grease

Grease--brush on

600W

 

Note: If inspection reveals areas of under lubrication, that item should be moved to a more frequent classification.

 

 

 

CLEANING

 

The machine should be washed after each bottling run.  With the bottom cover in place, the cleaning operation should reach all parts other than those enclosed by the bottom cover.  After washing the machine the filler bowl should be sanitized internally.

 

To clean the machine:

 

1.  Remove valve tip rings*.

 

2.  Insert the C.I.P. spray pipe, if necessary.  Attach gathering pan and pump.  Fill reservoir with cleaning solution.

 

3.  ADJUST HEIGHT OF BOWL so that rollers just open and close valve rubbers.  Turn on machine and let run for 20 minutes.

 

4.  Drain cleaning solution.  Rinse.  Sanitize.

 

5.  Remove C.I.P. equipment.

 

6.  lf required by manager, clean 1 or 2 valve tubes each day (on a rotation basis), by running tube brush up through the vent tube.

 

7.  Rinse the entire machine.

 

8.  Clean removed rubber parts (see below).

 

9.  Reassemble.

 

* Cleaning Rubber Parts.  DO NOT SOAK RUBBER IN CHLORINE

SOLUTION.

 

1.  Remove remnants of product by brushing parts with a solution of an approved alkaline cleanser.

 

2.  Rinse.

 

3.  Soak in chlorine solution for a short time (not overnight as chlorine causes rubber to deteriorate).

 

4.  Rinse and sanitize.

 

 

 

 MAINTENANCE ADJUSTMENTS

 

Brake adjustment:

To adjust pace of stopping--adjust the air pressure.

 

Main Drive Chain Takeup: 

Adjustment for tightness of the main drive chain may be required after the Franz machine has been in use for an extended period.  Slack in the chain can be felt when the filler lift carrier is moved gently back and forth.  When the slack is detected, the drive chain should be tightened by adjusting the spring tension on the chain idler.

 

Removing valve tubes: 

Remove tip ring.  Remove the valve rubber from the valve spout by pulling them over the valve body and stretching the small hole in the rubber over the valve seat on the end of the filling valve tube.   Lift out the filling valve tube from inside the filler bowl.

 

 

Appendix I.  Installation

 

  1. Filler can be disassembled, if necessary, by:
    1. Removing filler bowl cover and valves.
    2. Removing filler bowl by unbolting six bolts under bowl and lifting off.
    3. Removing bottom pan.
    4. Removing filler lifts.

 

2.  With filler base in position, reassemble filler.

 

3.  Attach sign WARNING people not to put hands in moving machinery to wall.

 

4.  Level filler.

 

5.  Have electrician make connections.

 

6.  Connect airline.

 

7.  Lubricate machine completely.